What are your academic and professional qualifications?
I graduated have a Masters in Counselling Psychology from UBC. I also have a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta.
I am a Registered Psychologist in the Province of BC (#2195).
What is your counselling experience?
I have counselled in a wide variety of setting including in private practice, hospitals, university counselling centers, community agencies, and at the BC Cancer Agency. I have helped people overcome a diverse range of challenges including those arising from anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and difficulty adjusting to normal life transitions.
How long will counselling take?
The length of time it will take for you to successfully complete counselling really does depend on the nature of your problems and on your goals for counselling.
Many of my clients have reached their goals in 5-6 sessions. However, for more long standing problems, it typically takes my clients significantly longer to be ready to finish. Therapy moves to closure once my clients have not only developed the skills they need to successfully manage their symptoms, but that they have also made the internal shifts necessary to continue growing successfully once counselling has finished. .
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel an appointment it is important that you contact me as early as possible. In order to avoid a charge for a missed appointment, please provide at least 24 hours notice of your cancellation.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
Are your services covered by MSP?
Psychological services are not covered by MSP, but if you have access to extended health care benefits (e.g., Blue Cross) you will very likely have some amount of coverage to see a Registered Psychologist.If this applies to you I strongly encourage you to call your provider to learn what coverage you have available to you.
At the end of each session I will provide you with a receipt with all the necessary information that your provider requires for you to get reimbursed.
Whatever fees aren't covered by your employer can be claimed on your income tax as a medical expense.
What methods of payment do you accept?
I accept payment by cash, cheque, internet transfer and major credit card.